DANGER SIGNS: The ACCC's quad bike investigation will help inform proposed safety reforms.
DANGER SIGNS: The ACCC's quad bike investigation will help inform proposed safety reforms. Carlie Walker

Have your say on quad bike safety reforms

AN AUSTRALIAN Competition and Consumer Commission quad bike report has shown the agricultural sector is responsible for a high rate of death and injury, despite making up just 14 per cent of quad bikes in Australia.

More than 55 per cent of all deaths associated with quad bikes were the result of a rollover and 30 per cent from collision, meanwhile 90 per cent of rollover deaths occurred on farms.

North Burnett grazier Stuart Kirk said he used quad bikes on his property every day for his work and if used correctly safety wasn't a huge issue.

"They are perfectly safe when operated on flat ground," Mr Kirk said.

Mr Kirk said like with most things, inexperience played a part.

"Mostly people don't know what they are doing I think, or using them for something they are not intended for."

ACCC commissioner Mick Keogh is encouraging quad bike riders and industry stakeholders to make submission to the ACCC's quad bike investigation to help inform proposed safety reforms.

"Tragically, 114 people have been killed in Australia in quad bike accidents since 2011," Mr Keogh said.

"The ACCC is investigating a range of possible options to improve quad bike safety and prevent further deaths and injuries in the community."

The key focus of the investigation is whether a safety standard should be introduced for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law.

This would include mandating specific design requirements and construction of quad bikes, introducing a safety rating system and testing, as well as mandating safety warning information.

Mr Keogh said the ACCC understood the important role quad bikes played for farmers and rural communities.

The ACCC will make a draft recommendation to the Government early next year, with a final recommendation expected by mid-2018.

The issues paper and information on the consultation process are on the ACCC website.

The ACCC strongly recommends quad bike users follow the safety advice outlined on Product Safety Australia.